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The Appointment And Compensation Of Temporary Justices Of The Peace
Dallas, Texas Attorneys
Appointing Temporary JP Judges
The Texas Attorney General Opinion RQ-1099-GA has recently addressed the temporary appointment of Justice of The Peace.
Summary: Section 27.055 of the Government Code permits the appointment of one qualified person to serve as temporary justice of the peace to replace an individual justice of the peace who is unable to perform the duties of the office. Section 27.055 does not permit a county judge to appoint an “at large” temporary justice of the peace. A sitting justice of the peace may serve as a temporary justice of the peace under section 27.055, in place of a regular justice of the peace in the same county, provided the justice of the peace is a “qualified person.”
The compensation of a temporary justice of the peace as outlined under section 27.055 of the Government Code does not conflict with section 27.054 of the Government Code or chapter 152 of the Local Government Code.
A court would likely conclude that a sitting justice of the peace who also serves as a temporary justice of the peace under section 27.055 does not violate article XVI, section 40 of the Texas Constitution.